3 Simple But Uncomfortable Steps to Being an Influential Blogger

October 12, 2017 50 thoughts
Never miss the opportunity to wear your blogging T-shirt while wandering through the semi-deserted streets of North Nicosia, Northern Cyprus.

 

I pay the bills here.

 

So I will start this post with a product placement.

 

Ya know how I release an eBook every other week? I released today’s eBook a while back but I wanted to re-release or re-promote for all of my new readers – which is a high volume of folks (like an extra 5) – who have hopped on board over the past few years.

 

I also want to help you become an influential blogger so you can enjoy all the sweet perks of being an influencer, including being fed the finest fruits by a team of eager servants, and boosting your blog traffic and profits too.

 

So without further adieu, enjoy my eBook:

 

How to Become an Influential Blogger in 6 Months or Less (Amazon eBook)

 

You will now return to your regularly scheduled programming.

 

The Mango Lady.

 

We were told to see her – and to buy from her – to get the best mango with sticky rice in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

 

Kelli and I wandered to her stall. Dropped 45 Baht for mango with sticky rice. I feasted on the brilliant fare, delighting at that ridiculously tasty mix of sweet, tart and mellow.

 

Why did we visit the Mango Lady? Multiple expat buddies at the condo complex referred us to her.

 

Me with the delicious mango with sticky rice in Chiang Mai Thailand

 

Why did they refer us to her? She was the top mango vendor in the area.

 

An influencer.

 

You may laugh, but anybody who is skilled enough and generous enough and helpful enough to influence a large number of folks, so that this influenced network refers the skilled person to friends, is an influencer.

 

Bloggers fall into the category of “anybody”. Meaning, if you are skilled enough and helpful enough to inspire a mass of spirits in meat suits, you can become an influencer too.

 

For whatever reason (totally not related to bribing) more bloggers and marketers are calling me influential. Their take, their perception, their viewpoint, but in the same regard, being labeled an influencer has helped me to help more folks. Which is sweet. Being seen as an influencer also helped me drive traffic, profits and yes, to live the life of my dreams.

 

Last night, as I was being interviewed for the Warrior Forum podcast – with an audience of 1.3 million people waiting to hear the episode – I realized that I nabbed the interview because the folks at Warrior see me as a blogging influencer.

 

The road has been simple, but super bumpy at times. Doing a few simple thing repetitively can be highly uncomfortable in moments, but if you know that things will get tough here and there, and stick to simple ( aka powerful) you won’t get weeded out of the blogging herd when stuff gets thick.

 

So….are you ready to help a ton more folks, to make friends with awesome bloggers, and to steadily increase your blogging traffic and profits, so you can live your dreams through blogging?

 

Let’s dive in…..

 

1: Learn

 

Be a student of blogging.

 

Before the bribe money hit and I was labeled an “influencer” (this is called a joke) I had to practice my blogging skills (see step #2) and before I practiced my blogging skills I needed to learn the fundamentals of bloggingย (wink wink wink wink wink wink wink wink wink).

 

Learn. Practice. Help. Influence.

 

When I was a little bit more of a ding bat – code for “struggling like hell” – I skipped this step. Who’d a thunk it, right? A guy desperate to make money through blogging had little interest in learning how to blog which made it difficult to practice blogging which made it difficult to help, which meant, no influencing.

 

Dripping sarcasm aside, you need to learn blogging, to get clear enough to practice blogging, and the practice gives you clarity enough to help folks generously without looking for anything in return, which is the good old table setter for the influencer label.

 

Practical Tips

 

  • toss salt over your right shoulder 3 times daily (be careful not to trip over the pile; I know you have been practicing)
  • pick 1-3 blogging mentors; read their blogs, buy their stuff, hire them to coach you, study their content, memorize their content
  • be a perpetual student; I learn a new thing about blogging every 5 years
  • have fun learning; if you ain’t enjoying the ride, you will be on a perpetual schneid

 

2: Practice

 

Practice the skill known as “blogging”.

 

This skill includes:

 

  • practicing your writing (1000 words daily just in a Word document)
  • practicing your creating (blog posts, videos, guest posts)
  • practicing your connecting (effective blog comments, promoting other bloggers)

 

Practicing and Helping (step #3) go hand in hand, in many ways. But most humans need to do some practicing before getting clear enough to help super duper duper duper generously across multiple channels online.

 

Dog sitting in chair in No Man’s Land, North Nicosia Northern Cyprus

 

Practicing my writing – sometimes penning over 10,000 words daily between eBooks, posts, guest posts and blog comments – gave me clarity and confidence in my writing. Which fed into me being kinda prolific with my 1,000 plus guest posts and 126 eBooks. Which helped me kinda be as present as a demi-god with a really effective PR camp in his corner. Which helped inspire folks to see me as an influential blogger.

 

Guys, practicing your blogging skills gets hyper uncomfortable at times. Even if you feel passionate about your craft, and enjoy exploring it, you will run into resistance here and there. Meaning, you won’t feel like practicing.

 

Those bloggers who readily consume these feces sandwiches (obstacles, mental blocks, fears, and all dukey) from time to time, and keep practicing, for years, lay the foundation for being incredibly generous with their time and talents….which leads us to:

 

3:ย Help

 

Help other bloggers generously – without looking for anything in return – across a wide range of platforms.

 

You have learned, Young Padowan. Now it’s time to serve until everybody is watching

 

Help bloggers through:

 

  • email
  • your blog
  • guest posts
  • promoting other bloggers
  • Quora
  • the Warrior Forum
  • Facebook Groups
  • Google Plus Communities
  • Reddit
  • blog comments

 

How it works; you help a gazillion people (give or take a million folks) across a wide range of platforms, both 1-to-1 and en masse (through leveraging techniques like guest posting and being interviewed) then a gazillion people say:

 

“Hey this cat knows his blogging shizznet!”

 

Then when a bunch of folks say you are helpful and generous, the “influential blogger” tag starts getting bandied about.

 

Sure you’ll open blogging income streams. Just keep helping people for free too, generously, without looking for anything in return, in many areas. Over time, you will be seen as an influencer, with all the sugary sweet benefits that come with the label.

 

Your Turn

 

How did you become an influential blogger?

 

What tips can you add to this list?

 

The eBook

 

Buy How to Become an Influential Blogger in 6 Months or Less (Amazon eBook)

 

 

Other Exciting Announcements

 

Keep an eye out for my Warrior Forum Podcast Interview.

 

I’ll be spreading the blogging word for 1.3 million Warrior Forum users.

 

If you haven’t signed up for the fun, freeing, energy-boosting, happiness-inducing, success-promoting live teleclass Kelli and I will be hosting soon you can do so here.

 

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50 Comments

  1. Thanks much Tanay.

  2. Tanay Says:

    “Mango Lady” Quite good. Learn Learn Learn even I agree with this. Good points and precise to the point. Thanks for writing such a good post.

  3. Much appreciated Ashish. Keeping at it and helping folks as you do is the difference maker.

  4. Ashish Says:

    Hey ryan
    Thanks for sharing these tips. Certainly useful but not easy as you mentioned. One has to put some work and time into it. Keep up the good work
    Thanks

  5. Good stuff Ezekiel. I am happy you enjoyed the post. Thanks much for commenting.

  6. Helping people to find what they are looking for by providing useful information that will make them trust you and willing to know more about you is one of the best way to become influencer.

    This is an interesting content Ryan. Though am not too much surprised that you gave an informative content here because I have known you for that.

  7. Rohan Verma Says:

    Hi Ryan,
    I just started blogging for fun but do you have any tips for non-native english speakers because I happen to be one.
    And what are your thoughts on speech to text based blog post writing.

    Cheers!

  8. Thanks so much Chery and thanks for the comment ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes her mango with sticky rice is inspired!

  9. Hey Ryan! I just loved your story about the Mango Lady, I bet her dish was AMAZING! Just like you! You my friend have been such an inspiration to me! Thanks for all you do. Love Ya! Chery :))

  10. Jacob your last few words is exactly what it takes to become influential. Being happy with helping people and doing so over years is the way bro. Thanks much.

  11. Jacob Flap Says:

    You just make my day with Mango Lady. I think it takes years to be an influencer in a specific niche, but I look forward to being influencer one day, I’m happy if I can help people.

  12. Reji thanks a bunch my man. Appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

  13. Hi Ryan,

    Good blogging lesson. You have taught me techniques of professional blogging. Learn, practice and Help โ€“ thanks for these tips. Helping others to get helped by others. Fantastic.

    Thanks for the great share. Keep rocking.

    Reji Stephenson

  14. Well done Michael. Just that little bit of self-promoting clarity can make a huge difference with our blogs. Thanks much.

  15. Lol Ryan your article was funny and informative! Practice is key to being able to produce efficiently. I never miss the opportunity to wear my promotional t-shirts when wandering the back roads either ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. This is key Winston. If you post genuine comments it goes a long way to building friendships with other bloggers. Read, learn, share your comment. Thanks much.

  17. Perfect Arfa. We really do help ourselves when we offer free help to others because the lessons we teach become firmly implanted in our minds. We take our successful tips with us and apply these principles as we teach. Always win-win. Thanks so much.

  18. I have seen the same thing Prince. When I learn and hold back, I lose so much. But when I learn and teach immediately, I get clearer on the lesson and see my success expand. Loving that insight bro. Thanks much.

  19. That’s it Blossom. I recall the Emerson quote; adopt nature’s secret, the secret is patience. Or something like that. So much easier to succeed online when you are patient, persistent and simply following your passion and helping people on your journey. Thanks much.

  20. Hi Ryan,

    The formula is simple: Learn, practice, and help.

    I noticed that when I learn something new and prevent myself to teach others I seize the opportunity to grow, and I lose money. Blogging has been about learning, practising and teaching (i.e. helping). If we (read) learn and never practice we didn’t get it right. When we learn, practice and help people we tend to increase our capacity, build a system and multiple opportunities and possibilities.

    Thank you for the great guide, Ryan.

    You rock. Yes, you do! ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. Arfa Nazeer Says:

    Hey, Ryan

    The daily practice is the real challenge. This is one thing I personally believe in. The daily writing task. But, I’ve been practicing the last step of providing help. It’s not just about helping other people. In the blogging world, offering free help means you are helping yourself. You get more exposure, you build an audience and people trust you.

    Thanks for writing this fantastic post.

    Arfa

  22. I couldnโ€™t agree more at how slow Google ranks new websites. Iโ€™m personally trying to be Googles best friend, maybe Iโ€™ll get an early Christmas Day present haha But seriously I feel that patience is probably 90% of causes people to fail. Itโ€™s good to have high hopes but we should be realistic about our goals.

  23. Winson Ng Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    Thanks for the tips. As for the last part… I wouldn’t call myself a successful influencer yet but I do have one tip to share which is to leave GENUINE comments and make sure that we read the article before commenting anything at all. Hope to read more from you soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. Thanks Patrick. I am not too clear on your question. Do you mean that people appear to be taking your content and putting it under their name? If so I’d say simply keep attaching your name to all of your work and as you develop your one of a kind blogging voice, nobody will be able to mimic you.

  25. Patrick Says:

    Great post, Ryan. You take it all the way back to day one with this. It’s good to know what it takes to be an influencer. There’s just a slight metric that I can’t seem to wrap my head around, which is how do you attach your name to the knowledge your provide others? I tend to make these same moves in my career and in chasing my dreams and it always seems someone is trying to claim credit where they can. It can be in good faith that you provide this information but it only seems to yield results for me when I can somehow put my name on the things I believe have value that I present to the world. Otherwise people take the information/whatever value I’ve provided and run off with it. I don’t know maybe it’s just me!

  26. Amen Abdul, amen to that. Being helpful makes you memorable. Thanks a bunch bro.

  27. Abdul Muneeb Says:

    Hey, Ryan!
    These tips are super Amazing. Especially the ‘helping’ one. Helping is the only thing which keeps you in someone’s mind.

    Thanks for the best post again, Keep Sharing!

  28. Free givers always succeed Vishwajeet. You have experienced this and no doubt, your expansion will continue online. Great job bro. Keep it up.

  29. Hello Ryan,

    Great post as always. Influential bloggers always ready to help others like you and these steps are really necessary to stand out of the crowd. Blogging is the key to help others in order to gain success and I have personally achieve this. Thanks for this great piece of content. Enjoy your day:)

  30. Exactly Vincent. As we teach, we learn. We practice, we learn, and we also help too. Almost like all things lead us in the right direction when we blog for the right reasons. Thanks a bunch bro.

  31. Hi Ryan,

    Thank you very much for sharing this blog post.
    Practice is something I will focus on doing. Sometimes, practice is really uncomfortable. But I think by practicing, we not only learn but we help at the same time. How?

    Let me take it this way: as a blogger, not updating quite often a blog can be a problem. We can solve it through practice. As you said, we need to practice our blogging skill. But through this practice, we are helping at the same time. Who? Ourselves. we are helping ourselves to be good at writing, creating and connecting (blogging skills). When we master it or become the best, we help other people through what we do.

    Practicing is a process and we always learn when we practice. Going from one level to the next one, we try to improve what we are practicing. We improve it by learning something new or learning from our mistakes.

    Once again, thank you very much.

  32. Awesome PK so happy you dug it. Thanks bro.

  33. She is fabulous Sue. When you swing by Chiang Mai she is on Chiang Mai Lamphun Road, a hundred feet beyond the Chiang Mai Riverside Condo going east. Thanks a bunch.

  34. Excellent Hassaan. As you practice, you get clearer on your direction, which allows in all those sweet opportunities and business. Love it bro.

  35. Hassaan Khan Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    These three steps are spot on because practicing more exposes us to new opportunities. Once I heard Lilly Singh saying, “Success lies outside of your comfort zone.” She is a famous YouTube celeb. Then I decided that I’m going all in. Eventually, I became an aggressive learner, which helped me put out content more often.

    I’m getting into videos stuff very soon. I have had a first-hand experience of being influenced so much by a little statement of an influencer. This “influence” thing is real.

    Thank you, my friend, for writing such a fantastic blog post.

  36. Sue Slaght Says:

    10,000 words a day! You are a machine and clearly passionate and dedicated and thus successful. Loved the comparison of the Mango Lady as an influencer. True enough. That credibility. consistent good product. Can’t go wrong. Always satisfied.
    Reading your posts are a boost of enthusiasm and energy Ryan. Have a great week!
    Sue

  37. These are awesome tips Ryan. Honestly speaking, quite comfortable for me though. The LPH Formula. Quite helpful. Thanks!

  38. Hi Drewry, Wow, what a comment!

    I really his Instagram hard when we hit the road for international travels. Just booked a trip to Thailand in February so we will get the ball rolling then. Overall though, with me doing little on the network between these international trips, I do see simply commenting on other folk’s updates and then Liking a bunch of updates is the easiest way to make traction, as well as sharing a few images daily.

    Thanks so much bro.

  39. DNN Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    I just subscribed through my web browser to your push notifications because I want to be among the first when you publish a new blog post. I want something like that on my website and unsure how to achieve that. Moving forward, I’m discovering how influential marketers who use Instagram and nothing more for digital marketing purposes are making a potential killing at promoting products and services. The only thing I really don’t like about Instagram is that they don’t allow links in the image captions to be hyperlinked as users have to copy and paste the link manually into their Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome browsers; something I don’t like, because it makes users lazy and potentially results in decreased sales.

    I’ve been meaning to catch up on using Instagram for influential marketing and influential content marketing. I was using an Instagram account a while back and randomly following people as most of them were randomly following me back as I was promoting an Instagram marketing tool at the time. I would promote this tool and some people actually bought it. I can honestly say I made money off of Instagram and had I stuck with consistent Instagram influential marketing, I probably would have had some decent cash alone today just from that network. I chose to shift focus and concentrate more on creating and publishing โ€œEvergreen content,โ€ in hopes of improving long-term search engine rankings, which is working and quite humbling.

    I’ve been meaning to tell you that I think writing and selling eBooks on Amazon is quite interesting. That is a mindset I would love to get into some day but don’t have a clue as to how to do it for now. I’ll be sure to come to you for expert assistance when I’m ready to get my feet wet in that area. Perhaps I can be one of your Affiliates someday and promote your products or you can show me how to write an e-book and promote it on Amazon and I’ll hit you off with a few dollars.

    I can say not only are you an expert bloggers, but an expert influential bloggers and marketer. I look forward to learning more from you in the near future and glad you’re around. You know you’re more than welcome to stop by the site anytime and leave a comment or contact me through email. I’m still curious how to use Instagram to its fullest marketing potential for influential marketing purposes. Perhaps you can school me in your spare time how to use Instagram to completely Market my website and affiliate links to my target audience and build up my Instagram following. Your positive energy in your blog posts are absolutely amazing, Ryan. Keep doing what you’re doing!

  40. Excellent Gaurav. Many newbies has no interest in learning. Fewer credit teachers, when referring their readers to their mentors via their posts would be an easy way to build friendships and to become successful. Super comment brother. Thank you.

  41. Gaurav Kumar Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    You are right about uncomfortable steps to become a professional blogger. They are easy yet bloggers tend to ignore them.

    It is always good to learn from professionals and give them proper credit, but many newbie bloggers start a blog and never try to learn anything, even if they learn from someone they never give credit to the mentor.

    I believe that being thankful is a great way to learn more. Also peoplee avoid any chance where they have to invest in blogging. This actually hurt them in long run.

    Thanks for sharing.

  42. Same deal here Joy. I dove into blogging head first and really crashed and burned. No learning. Rushing. Spamming. I was pretty darn desperate. After a few false starts and some big time struggles I got clear and began to succeed by sticking to the fundamentals. Thanks for the rocking comment.

  43. Joy Healey Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I love your 3 simple – but not easy – steps to becoming an influential blogger.

    I’ll confess – a few years ago I decided to skip the “Learn blogging” step and just plunged in headlong with the most atrocious blog you’d wish not to see. Then it dawned on me that if I thought it was awful myself, why would anyone else want to read it? (OK, I was seduced for a time by all the comments I got telling me what a marvellous writer I was…. then someone told me they weren’t just idiots, they were “bots”!)

    Happily it wasn’t too long before hackers came along to my cheap hosting and did the blogosphere a huge favor by shredding the rubbish into oblivion. Phew.

    Time to start again and actually learn blogging properly. So over the past years I’ve done some learning and some practicing – looking forward now to helping and becoming influential.

    Great read, thanks.

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

  44. Love the comment Shantanu. Fall 7, stand 8. Then keep on standing. Keep on going. If you blog for the right reasons – having fun and spreading love – you will have few issues being super duper persistent. Thanks as always ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Hello Ryan,

    Great tips over here ๐Ÿ™‚

    Indeed no body can alone be famous in the blogging world, it takes to adapt one or two mentors who can guide us through out
    difficult times. Sometimes blogging seems to be pretty hard task through which we can not escape. So we need to take learning
    from those mentors, follow their footsteps to get going from the swampy lands. Also we need to figure out what mistakes
    we were doing in the past so that it won’t get repeated in the future.

    “Practice makes a man perfect”, we all know this one, same goes with blogging. We just can not master something without
    we practice it out like a pro. Fall 7 times stand up 8, thats the formula of blogging. As you always say, ” keep writing
    1000 words everyday” this really helps a lot. Things get better, the flow of writing is there in us and the better we write
    the better we can rank our self.

    Help will make us rise, helping other without thinking of our interest is very effective. This would help us to create
    a long run relationship with the pro bloggers as well as the audiences. After the things are set we can step ahead and ask
    them the same thing for us.

    Thanks for the share.

    Shantanu.

  46. Ikechi you got it buddy. Thanks for sharing and thanks for all the kind RTs my friend.

  47. ikechi Says:

    Hi Ryan

    These tips you shared are just awesome. They are simple but I see why they are not comfortable. One needs to do this a lot of times. Thanks for sharing. Take Care

  48. Excellent stuff Freddy. I love that idea of L.I.T. So generous. You pick up the knowledge, put it into action to gain clarity, and then you teach, and prospering happens naturally over time. Thanks for the rocking comment as always bro. And have a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Hey Ryan!

    First of all, congratulation on getting on the Warrior Forum Podcast!

    That is awesome man!

    I’ve written a few posts on similar topics. I’m still not a big influential blogger – yet, but I do like to keep to myself a lot and just work more in the background. I am networking a lot more these days – though.

    But, here is what I’ve talked about with my audience; something I like to call the ‘L.I.T.’ “formula”.

    Which is pretty much the same thing you are talking about here.

    Learn – Implement – Teach.

    This is the same little formula I’ve used to build my blogs and grow an audience.

    Anybody and everybody can follow these simple tips and really take off in the blogosphere. What you are teaching here works like a charm! So I highly recommend new bloggers to get to work on this!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’ve enjoyed your post here brotha!

    Keep up the great work!

    Cheers! ๐Ÿ˜€

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